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Stupid But Useful Mac Trick: Turn Off Internal MacBook Pro Screen With a Magnet

May 26, 2012 - 28 Comments
Using a magnet to turn off the internal MacBook Pro screen

We’ve shown you how to disable the internal display of a Mac laptop running OS X Lion or later with sleep or with the help of a command line trick, those are the recommended approaches but not everyone has gotten them to work on their Macs. An alternate and peculiar option left in our comments … Read More

8 Ways to Keep a Mac Cool in Hot Weather

May 12, 2012 - 37 Comments
ways to keep a Mac cool in intense heat

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, summer is fast approaching and that can often mean extreme heat which pushes the temperature limits beyond what any computer is intended to operate in. In fact, Apple species ambient operating temperatures for most Macs as between 50° and 95° fahrenheit, this means that anything above 95° … Read More

Stupid iPad Tricks: Open a Beer Bottle with the iPad Power Adapter

May 3, 2012 - 12 Comments
iPad charger beer opener

The next time you’re in desperate need to crack open a beer bottle, reach for your iPad power adapter. Say what? Well, apparently it can double as a bottle opener, not that we’d recommend that. This may be the ultimate Apple-geek party trick and I’m sure college students the world over are rejoicing in their … Read More

6 Ways to Maximize Productivity on Small Screens & Mac Laptops

May 2, 2012 - 13 Comments
Maximize productivity on small screens like the MacBook Air 11"

Many people equate productivity with screen size and assume it’s difficult to get much work done on a small screen. That simply isn’t true, I use a MacBook Air with the 11″ display and use the following tips to stay focused and maximize productivity with the small screen.

Put a Mac to Sleep Using an Apple Remote Control

Mar 20, 2012 - 7 Comments
Sleep a Mac with the Apple Remote Control

If you have an Apple Remote Control and a Mac with an IR receiver port, you can quickly put the Mac to sleep using just the remote control. Obviously you’ll need to be in the same room as the Mac to do this, but it’s pretty handy. Here’s what to do: Point the remote control … Read More

Send Any File to an iOS Device from Mac OS X with iMessage

Feb 19, 2012 - 7 Comments
Send Files to iOS from Mac with iMessage

A little-known feature of iMessage lets any Mac send files to another iMessage user (or yourself) using an iOS device, and vice versa. Yes, this means iMessages can function as a full-fledged file transfer app for both OS X and iOS users, providing for simple transferring of files, pdf’s, text and rtf documents, movies, pictures, … Read More

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion System Requirements

Feb 16, 2012 - 95 Comments
OS X Mountain Lion System Requirements

With every new version of Mac OS X comes new system requirements, and as expected a few machines are getting cut from the list of compatible Macs. The newer the Mac the better, but here is what we know so far about system requirements for OS X 10.8: Basic System Requirements for OS X Mountain … Read More

Redesigned MacBook Pro Lineup to be Revealed This Year?

Feb 10, 2012 - 8 Comments
MacBook Pro Lineup in 2012 maybe

The entire MacBook Pro lineup will be redesigned “radically” this year to more closely resemble the MacBook Air, according to a new report from AppleInsider. Citing a source who says “they’re all going to look like MacBook Airs,” AppleInsider also suggests the MacBook Pro 15″ will likely be the first of the bunch to be … Read More

How to Set Up Find My iPhone (or iPad, or Mac)

Jan 30, 2012 - 12 Comments
Find My iPhone

If you haven’t set up iCloud and Find My iPhone yet, now is a good time to do so. Follow our guide below on how to get this configured on an iPad, iPhone, iPod, and a Mac, then read on for a story about how a police officer used the application to locate an iPhone … Read More

iBooks Author for Mac OS X Makes Creating Interactive iPad Books Easy

Jan 19, 2012 - 8 Comments
iBooks Author

Apple has released iBooks Author, an easy to use app for Mac OS X that lets anyone create interactive multi-touch books for the iPad, these can be published on the iBookstore or iTunes U and offered as free or paid titles. iBooks Author should be a big hit with both small and large publishers, teachers, … Read More

See the Inside of iMac, iPad, and iPhone with These X-Ray Wallpapers

Jan 8, 2012 - 12 Comments
X-Ray iMac wallpaper

Recently we posted a Mac museum collection that featured an iMac using wallpaper that made it appear like you could see right through to the logic board. It turns out these images are from iFixIt, the company that likes to tear down Apple hardware. In the process of documenting their teardowns, iFixIt also has taken … Read More

Check the Apple Support Profile & History of All Your Registered Apple Hardware

Jan 4, 2012 - 1 Comment
Apple Support Profile

The Apple Support Profile page provides an excellent dashboard to check technical support history, status, and warranty information for all registered Apple products under ownership. Assuming you have used the same Apple ID (email address) for all purchases and registrations, you’ll find every Apple item you’ve bought and registered here, including Macs old and new, … Read More

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